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Morning Forum speaker shares unknown stories of Winston Churchill

Author, scholar and lecturer Elliot Engle, Ph.D., entertained and enlightened the Morning Forum of Los Altos audience with “Unknown Stories of Winston Churchill” March 7.

Engle described the “terrible, neglected” childhood that shaped the man who was to become Britain’s greatest leader. His father, Randolph, and American-born mother, Jennie, showed little interest in their older son.

'Ella' features Asian-Americans in film with universal message

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Actress Nichole Bloom stars in Eric Cook’s short film, “Ella.”

A first kiss, a first taste of adventure, the first time you hurt someone you love – the short film “Ella,” being produced by Mountain View native Eric Cook, is the coming-of-age story of two young Asian-Americans in the Midwest as they wrestle with peer pressure and form their identities.

Cook is collaborating on the film with director Dan Chen and actress Nichole Bloom; they all attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Trail Ambassadors promote goodwill at Shoreline Park

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Karan Gathani volunteers as a Mountain View Trail Ambassador on his daily bike rides to and from work.

For Dawn Maher, serving as a Mountain View Trail Ambassador is the “best of every world,” she said.

After learning about the volunteer program five months ago on the Nextdoor website, the Mountain View resident jumped at the opportunity to help others while enjoying the trails in and around Shoreline Park.

Mom, author shares struggle with son's addiction


D’Anne Burwell was living an idyllic Los Altos life.

Her husband’s successful career enabled her to leave teaching to become a stay-at-home mom. Her son and daughter took high school AP classes, played sports and were accepted into good colleges.

Morning Forum speaker mixes wine, crime in 'Tangled Vines'


Award-winning author and journalist Frances Dinkelspiel discussed the dark side of the wine industry in her presentation “Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California” Feb. 21 at the Morning Forum of Los Altos.

Dinkelspiel chronicles the true-life tale of the massive fire in 2005 at the Wines Central warehouse in Vallejo, which stored 4.5 million bottles of rare wine worth an estimated $250 million.

Los Altos museum names new director


The History Museum of Los Altos hired Elisabeth I. Ward as its new executive director, effective March 20.

“Elisabeth will be a passionate and energetic leader, focused on implementing a vision of what a local history museum should be as a community resource,” said Marilyn Henderson, board president.

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